Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Past presentation

Join me in my presentation of my book at Agnes Scott College!
A.C.M.E.* Lecture Series

"A Gay Cuban Activist in Exile: Reinaldo Arenas"

Wednesday, November 7
10 a.m. Buttrick G-4


Between Reinaldo Arenas's arrival in the United States in 1980 and his suicide a decade later, the Cuban exile produced his most mature writing. In his book, A Gay Cuban Activist in Exile, Ocasio explores Arenas's bold criticism of the Castro regime, including his fierce advocacy of homosexuality and his willingness to alienate Latino and Latin American audiences in order to remain true to his self-proclaimed identity.


*Academic Colloquia Monthly Exchange program for the entire campus community

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I greatly enjoyed your ACME presentation today. I found it enjoyable and informative.

Nina said...

Thank you for this very interesting lecture today, I really enjoyed it! I had heard about Reinaldo Arenas before, but I didn't have any background knowledge, so it was nice hear a little bit about his life.

Anonymous said...

This is a great topic! I really loved your presentation and I am definitely going to buy the book.

Nell Ruby said...

Rafa: thanks for giving us that excellent presentation. I was particularly struck by the use of sections of Schnabel's film. I got a great sense of the personality of Reinaldo Arenas through the short snippet of him telling me about his strained food, and seeing his refrigerator and his garden, and I was physically effected by the depiction of the "drawer"/torture room--especially coupled with the statement of his loss of pride. THANK you!

Lili said...

Disfrute mucho tu presentacion sobre Reinaldo Arenas. Ademas del interes que me has creado en las obras de Arenas, ahora tambien estoy curiosa sobre, por ejemplo, las obras de otro intelectual cubano, Jose Lezama Lima.

Melissa Griffith said...

I really enjoyed your presentation today. I will definitely head out and learn more about Reinaldo Arenas after hearing you talk about him.

Kara said...

I really enjoyed your presentation this morning. I was amazed at the amount of information you presented in such a short amount of time. I am now urged to find out more about Arenas and the film "Before Night Falls."

Sarah said...

Thank you for introducing me to Reinaldo Arenas through your awesome presentation. I am definitely going to continue to seek information on him. Arenas is truly a man of importance.

Kris Phelps said...

The presentation was fantastic! I was so proud of you Dr Ocasio, and I learned so much. I fully intended on researching more about him, en espanol por supuesto ;)